13th April, 2021
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the rising cases of corona have led to a severe shortage of health facilities in the state. Here Corona spins out of control. All facilities are reduced. There is a severe shortage of oxygen cylinders in the state. We are constantly upgrading our healthcare infrastructure but they are under pressure. There is a shortage of medical oxygen, beds and the demand for ramedesivir has also increased. Uddhav Thackeray said that I will talk to the Prime Minister requesting us to provide assistance to the Indian Air Force in the supply of oxygen for medical use from the surrounding states. He said that we are imposing strict restrictions which will come into force from 8 pm tomorrow. Section 144 will be implemented in the entire state from tomorrow. I wouldn't call it a lockdown. On Tuesday, 60,212 new Kovid cases have been reported in the state.
The Chief Minister said that 3 kg wheat, 3 kg rice will be available free of cost from ration shops. Cardholders will get a free ration for three months. Financial assistance of Rs 1500-1500 will be given to 12 lakh laborers.
Earlier, the Chief Minister had an important meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar regarding the lockdown. It was discussed in this meeting to prepare a financial package for the people affected by the state lockdown. A final decision was then taken regarding the implementation and duration of the lockdown. In a meeting with the task force held on Sunday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray imposed an 8-day lockdown while some members of the task force were in favor of a 14-day strict lockdown. At the same time, Shiv Sena's mouthpiece Saamana also advocated for a 14-day lockdown.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said in the press conference about the condition of Corona in Maharashtra that the average daily cases here are increasing very fast week to week. Here new corona cases have reached a level of over 57,000, which is quite worrisome. The positivity rate here is 24 percent.